WANTON WINE WEDNESDAY  

TTigerAtty 62M
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11/15/2005 7:36 pm

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WANTON WINE WEDNESDAY

My boyhood hometown is Hermann, MO, a small town in the middle of Missouri wine country. I visited my mother this weekend who, at age 81, still lives in Hermann. Hermann has numerous wineries. Let me tell you about its largest....

Since its establishment in 1847, Stone Hill Winery has undergone significant and inevitable changes. From early success as the nation's second largest winery to the catastrophic times of Prohibition, from its use as a mushroom-growing facility to the resurgence of Missouri's wine industry, Stone Hill Winery has evolved into a world-class winery.

Today, perched dramatically on a hill overlooking the beautiful German town of Hermann, Stone Hill Winery & Restaurant is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Missouri Wine Country. Each year Stone Hill welcomes thousands of visitors who enjoy not only the award-winning wines and juices but also the region's Old-World hospitality and surrounding beauty.

Guests are invited to take a guided tour of the winery's cavernous arched underground cellars before settling in for a wine tasting in one of three historic tasting rooms. No visit to Stone Hill is complete, however, without browsing through the winery's spacious wine and gift shop. A beauty to behold, this magnificent showcase displays quality wine-related items and souvenirs from antique furnishings handsomely arranged throughout the 3,000-square-feet structure.

Stone Hill's visitors enjoy spectacular scenery from the winery's Conservatory on the inside to the commanding view overlooking the town of Hermann on the outside. For more traditional surroundings, guests may dine in casual comfort at the adjacent Vintage Restaurant, where hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and German specialties are lovingly served with European flair. Once the winery's original stable and carriage house, this beautifully restored building features a private room for lunch or dinner, and special group menu selections are available.

Though well-known for hosting such gala weekend events as Maifest, the Cajun Concert on the Hill and the Great Stone Hill Grape Stomp, Stone Hill Winery is open every day. No matter what time of year, what day of the week or what type of weather, Stone Hill's gracious hospitality awaits all those who enter.

For today, allow me to pour you a glass of one of my personal favorite Stone Hill Winery red wines:

2002 NORTON

BLEND INFORMATION: The Norton grape is a true native American grape of the species vitis aestivalis and the official state grape of Missouri. Since the Norton grape evolved under midwestern, continental growing conditions, it is perfectly suited to the long, warm summers and cold winters in mid-Missouri. In addition, it is blessed with a natural resistance to all types of fungal disease. The Estate Bottled Norton is produced from 100 percent estate-grown Norton grapes from Stone Hill's Kemperberg and Cross J vineyards. Careful fermentation on the skins is followed by 12 months of aging in French, Hungarian and American oak barrels. 3,470 cases produced.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Harvested October 3, 2002; Alcohol - 13%

TASTING INFORMATION: Often compared to the great wines of southern Europe, Stone Hill's Norton is full-bodied and dry, with tremendous fruit and complexity to complement red meat, wild game or full-flavored foods. It's grown on their estate vineyards and harvested late in the season at the peak of ripeness, then aged in small French, Hungarian and American oak barrels. While voluptuous when bottled, it will develop complexity with aging. Ripe supple tannins, intense blackberry flavors and spicy aromas. Suggested Retail Price: $17.99 (750ml)

AWARDS:

Gold
Sweepstakes - 2005 San Diego National Wine Competition, CA
Double Gold - 2005 International Eastern Wine Competition, NY
2004 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition, MI
2004 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, CA
2004 American Wine Society Wine Competition, PA
2005 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, CA
2005 Missouri State Fair Wine Competition, MO

Silver
2004 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition, CA
2004 Missouri State Fair Wine Competition, MO
2004 Indiana State Fair Wine Competition, IN
2004 Beverage Testing Institute Wine Competition, IL
2005 Florida State Fair Wine Competition, FL
2005 New World International Wine Competition, CA
2005 Riverside International Wine Competition, CA
2005 Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition, CA
2005 Indy International Wine Competition, IN

Bronze
2004 Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition, CA
2004 International Eastern Wine Competition, NY
2004 San Francisco International Wine Competition, CA
2004 Amenti del Vino Wine Competition, CT
2004 Atlanta International Wine Summit Competition, GA
2005 Grand Harvest Awards Wine Competition, CA
2005 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, TX
2005 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition, MI

TTigerAtty, Attorney at Law and Wine Taster
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tillerbabe 55F

11/15/2005 11:07 pm

I'm impressed with your knowledge... of wine.
Make mine Merlot, Pinot, Shiraz.....{=]


redmustang91 57M  
8599 posts
11/16/2005 1:26 pm

Sounds nice. I prefer red wine from France, particularly Bordeaux from good years like 1982, 1990 and 2000. I am also partial to Spanish reds and French whites like Chablis and Sancerre. I have found that the best American wines cost as much as the imports, but the imports taste better to me.


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